The largest biotech VC in France, Sofinnova Partners, is banking on the emerging sector of bio-based, sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. Its new fund of €106M will be invested in 8 to 10 companies over the next 3 to 4 years, especially in startups developing green technology for the transformation of raw materials such as agricultural waste or CO2 into renewable bioplastics and other bio-based materials.
Engineers and polymer scientists with the University of Georgia's New Materials Institute are helping Norton Point, which manufactures sunglasses from post-consumer plastic waste, with testing of its "ocean plastics" products and finding new product applications.
After having been destroyed by fire in 2014, the center is finally open! It incorporates all the latest developments in sustainable construction and renewable energy provisions to ensure it will have zero impact in terms of carbon over 25 years.
The technology converts woody biomass into sugars and lignin. It is particularly suited for making high purity glucose required for the production of a wide range of bio-based chemicals and materials for the chemical industry of tomorrow. The lignin is also an excellent feedstock for renewable bioenergy applications, as its energy content is significantly higher than that of woody biomass.
Coates’ Research Group at the University of Minnesota has developed a multiblock polymer that, when added in small measure to a mix of polyethylene and polypropylene, creates a new and mechanically tough polymer.
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Although Nok is still rather new to the micellar catalysis scene, it seems to have a bright future in that it provides a cost-effective alternative to TPGS-750-M in general, and can also be the surfactant of choice. To date, it has been purchased by almost 100 different institutions.
A sustainable future for catalysis relies on the use of first-row, low cost, low toxicity, Earth-abundant metals. Despite this, the metals that are most abundant have yet to be adopted by the global community.
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